Alex in the wickets as England are beaten

England's Alex Hartley celebrates the wicket of New Zealand's Holly Huddlestone during the Women's World Cup match at the The County Ground, Derby. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 12, 2017. See PA story CRICKET England Women . Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the ECB. Still image use only. No moving images to emulate broadcast. No removing or obscuring of sponsor logos.
England's Alex Hartley celebrates the wicket of New Zealand's Holly Huddlestone during the Women's World Cup match at the The County Ground, Derby. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 12, 2017. See PA story CRICKET England Women . Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the ECB. Still image use only. No moving images to emulate broadcast. No removing or obscuring of sponsor logos.

Clitheroe’s Alex Hartley took 2-40 from her 10 overs as England Women started the Ashes Series with a two-wicket defeat to hosts Australia in the first one-day clash in Brisbane on Sunday.

England totalled 228-8, with Lauren Winfield top-scoring with 48, as Australian off-spinner Ashleigh Gardner taking 3-47.

In reply, Alex Blackwell made 67 not out to guide Australia home, after being 181-6 with seven overs left.

Gardner added 27, including two sixes, to see Australia past the target with five balls to spare.

Spinner Hartley finished with two wickets, matched by seamer bowler Katherine Brunt (2-47), who had opened the attack.

But in the multi-format series, Australia claimed the two points on offer for a win, ahead of the second One Day International which is played today at Coffs Harbour (4-40 a.m. BST).

There are two points for a win in all limited-overs games in the series, with four points for a win in the Test Match.